Well it’s been five days since we arrived in New Zealand. This post is mostly about shopping and the price of certain things because that’s the bulk of what I have been doing and yes some of it will come across as complaining but I like to think of it as more of lamenting with a touch of humour and most of what I say is meant to be entertaining.
I am slowly acclimatizing to the chilly damp air and I am only freezing about 60% of the time. I have purchased a wool duvet which is heavenly and warm. While searching for the perfect warm blanket, I discovered that cotton anything, especially sheets seems to be like gold except rarer and more expensive. I luckily found some for like 90% of the original 130$ price tag. Our place is mostly setup now. I had forgotten how expensive it is to set up a home and have mourned the loss of nice cook utensils. We bought one of those all in one boxes of kitchen utensils which came with some knives. Well Nate broke the blade off the handle while pulling one of the knives out of the block so we upgraded to some better quality. After that, I was feeling so impressed with my new, very sharp knives that I promptly sliced my finger really good while trying to cut carrots. This also taught me the importance of a good cutting board In the prevention of injury. It was about this time I realized I have no idea what number to call for emergency help and FYI it’s 111 just in case your in NZ and have an emergency.
Kalani will be starting school on Monday at an English school near our house. We had originally planned for him to do French but decided against it for a couple reasons. First, he would only be doing preschool until next February and according to the school system here he is already behind. The children do kindergarten when they are 4 and start school when they are 5. Secondly, I felt if he did French he would spend the first several months just focused on trying to learn French and not the other parts of school like learning to read. His class would have been totally French and most other kids already spoke fluent French. The French school here is not French immersion like in Canada but just a French speaking classroom. If in the future we really want him to do French we could look into late immersion in Canada which I have heard is actually a better way for children to learn a second language. So with that decision made we enrolled him in school and paid for his very expensive uniform. I am hoping there is some mom group I can join with second hand uniforms because just Kalani’s polar fleece was 60$. He will need special shoes as well and from what I can tell they all look like those hideous geriatric Velcro/leather style shoes. Barf in my mouth.
In other recents events I caved and ate a delicious caramel square. It was amazing but then my stomach hurt for an hour after. Kiwi’s love their baked goods and very tiny coffees. There is no such thing as a vente, I may have to track down a Starbucks and have a likely 8$ coffee because I like to gulp my coffee and not sip it.
Kalani did his first Crossfit kids class which he thoroughly enjoyed. He ran around for about an hour and then promptly continued on with our wod of hill sprints, KB swings and dips but he only did hill sprints for the entire 22 mins. He has charmed some of the ladies at the gym with his gymnastics abilities and crazy antics.
My final comments is on the used goods site called Trade Me. NOT A FAN. I am sure someone will be upset with me for saying that but Everything is sold auction style and in my opinion sells for way too much. Just have a set price people! Also I am not sure what happens if you buy something and then see it and decide it is not worth the price or not what the picture showed.
That’s all for now but I am sure in a few weeks the things I am writing about now will be normal and I will have learned to sip coffe instead of gulp it and be a super savy uniform shopper and discovered that I am paying too much for many things at the wrong places because I just don’t know any better 🙂